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WOMAN KILLED IN FOREST ROAD CRASH NAMED BY POLICE

A woman who died in Sunday’s bus crash on Forest Road on the outskirts of Newport has been named as 64-year-old Yvonne Copland from Shide, Newport.

A total of 19 people were injured in the serious crash at Vittlefields Cross when a Mini One collided with a double-decker bus, subsequently forcing the bus into the path of a Fiat Bravo.

Yvonne was travelling in the Fiat hatchback – which ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway – when the impact occurred. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene. 3 other people in the same vehicle were seriously injured.

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The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, sustained a serious injury. He had to be extricated from the cab of the vehicle.

Yvonne’s family have paid tribute to her today…

“Much loved wife, ‘ma’ of four children and four grandchildren who was loved by all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

“We would like to thank the efforts of the first responders, air ambulance crew, paramedics, police, fire, members of the public and all hospital staff.

“We would also like to thank everyone for their best wishes and support, but would respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult time.”

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Emergency services declared a major incident at just before 14:00 on Sunday afternoon with 4 air ambulances called in alongside 6 fire appliances, several ambulances and specialist Police investigators from the mainland. The incident began at 12:46 when the first 999 call was received.

4 of the most seriously injured casualties were airlifted to mainland hospitals including Southampton and Brighton. Others were taken to St Mary’s Hospital.

Richard Tyldsley, General Manager of Southern Vectis said in a statement yesterday:

“This is very distressing for all concerned and I would like to pass our sincere condolences to their family and friends.

“We are assisting the Police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation”.

Anyone with information relating to the crash, including dashcam footage taken in the area, is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting 44190129002.


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Andrea Garvey
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Andrea Garvey

So very sad, deepest condolence to this poor lady’s family xx

Alan
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Alan

There are a some points that also apply at other locations on the Island.
1. The position of bus stops near junctions or bends, you will observe the position on this occasion
2. The persistent use of these big double deck buses on our Island roads.
3 In respect of this junction, the compulsory purchase of some land to improve the sighting.
4. The installation of traffic lights.
5. Improved signage.
bear in mind that Whitehouse Road is widely used by visitors to the Island.

It is a pity that something as dreadful as this has to happen to sharpen minds

James Chierney
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James Chierney

Re. item 2, I think you’ll find that as with most buses involved in accidents with cars it was the part of the bus on the road (the lower bit) that was hit, not the upper deck, and I’m pretty sure the single deckers are the same footprint. Obviously you raise a very good point with regards to flying cars but in this case it was cars on wheels that were involved.

Alan
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Alan

The point about the bus footprint is a valid one as is the fact that the footprint of the bus is greater than half the width of the carriageway on parts of many routes.
It’s not that buses on their own of course with respect to their footprint and the carriageway and in the case of Forest road it probably was not a contributory factor.
The point I was attempting to make was one of the need to consider all the factors I mentioned over the Island in general, sometimes it seems that you only get action after the event.

Paul drake
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Paul drake

A beautiful lady

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